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post #1 of 16 Old 12-29-2006, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Building a lighthood..

this is for a 2.5 planted nano :) comments appreciated!

here's the breakdown of the build..

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The entire hood is made from plexiglass and painted

building the sides


fitting the sockets


testing the bulbs


it fits!


wiring it up parallel (first in home electrical project, how'd i do? )


omg no one died from electrocution! phew..


genius at work...


seal up that electrical box good!


fitting the top. starting to look like a hood!


sand it down. sorry dont have a picture...


prime it for good stickage!


a few coats of flat black and we're cherry


add a reflector for extra reflectiveness. i used a piece of dryer duct. 2.79 at ACE hardware


and we're done! how'd ya like that? go ahead, critique me :)

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-29-2006, 11:09 PM
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Nice work.
Good luck with the planted nano.

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post #3 of 16 Old 12-30-2006, 12:01 AM
Yeah, good job. That pic of you looks like you've been sniffing allot of glue. LOL
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-30-2006, 01:07 AM
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That is a great set-up. Love the step by step photo process :D Great job!

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post #5 of 16 Old 12-30-2006, 11:16 AM
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do u have a slpash peace of plastic so water dosnt go in the lights?
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post #6 of 16 Old 12-30-2006, 11:19 AM
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Nicely done. I've relocated the thread to DIY.

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post #7 of 16 Old 12-30-2006, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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do u have a slpash peace of plastic so water dosnt go in the lights?
no guard in place at this time. may change in the future

---10 gal---
4 tiger barbs, 2 bumblebee gobies, hillstream loach, 3 neon tetras, black sail cory, panda cory, 11ish ghost shrimp, pond snail
---2.5g nano---[/URL] <---NEW CLICKY!
Anacharis, Micro Sword, Driftwood and river rocks. 5 Danio Choprae, 2 ghosties
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post #8 of 16 Old 12-30-2006, 01:52 PM
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WOW get a pic with light on, it looks great. (maby i should do this...)
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-30-2006, 05:40 PM
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Excellent thread weaslenose! I must say, you do look a bit like a mad scientist in that photo

Just one question, the bulbs you are using look like household energy efficient bulbs. If so, would they provide the correct light spectrum for the plants?

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post #10 of 16 Old 12-30-2006, 06:49 PM
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Ya i was gonna ask the same thing because i wanna build one to.
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